I love Christmas. I love the lights, the music, the tradition, all of it. However, amidst all that is wonderful about this season I find myself in the all-familiar mom struggle to try and teach my kids the joy of giving in a culture of Christmas lists and elves on shelves. Last year, my sister-in-law threw out the idea of giving the kids money from the aunts and uncles to donate to a charity of their choice in leu of more toys that they didn’t need. I was instantly on board. I had just received the Hope Venture’s catalog that has a lot of tangible ways for my kids to give.
So, we each gave the kids $25 (which gave them $75 total to spend) and wrapped it up with a Hope Venture catalog and a box of their favorite candy.
At first they were a little confused, but after we explained the idea that they had their own money to give to any project that their heart was drawn too they got really excited. The ages ranged from my 5 year old son to my 18 year old niece. Each one of them absolutely poured over the catalogs and asked about backpacks, goats, and mama kits. Suddenly, we were in a family discussion about hope and our collective focus changed.
And a new Christmas tradition was born.
So, if you are like me, and are looking for a easy & very tangible way to help your family focus on the true message of hope, I would highly recommend adding this tradition to your Christmas season.